Nightlife in Fort Dodge

Standup for Two or Four at Des Moines Funny Bone Through March 28 (Up to 69% Off)

Des Moines Funny Bone

Des Moines Funny Bone

Upcoming acts include an impressionist/hypnotist and nationally touring comics

$40 $15

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Pub Food at Z's Bar (45% Off). Two Options Available.

Z's Bar

McKinley School - Columbus Park

Diners chow down on homestyle pub eats in a laid-back setting

$20 $11

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Wine-Tasting Package for Two or Four at John Ernest Vineyard & Winery (Up to 45% Off)

John Ernest Vineyard & Winery

Tama

Tasting packages include one glass of wine and a souvenir glass for each taster, and a take-home bottle of wine per pair

$31 $18

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Murder Mystery for Two or Four, or Dinner and Overnight Stay at Murder Mystery Dinners In Iowa (Up to 49% Off)

Murder Mystery Dinners In Iowa

Multiple Locations

Pairs dine on a hearty meal while participating in a twisting tale of mayhem and murder, and enjoy a one-night stay with breakfast

$170 $89

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$22 for an Uncork an Adventure in Wine: Wine 101 Class for Two at Two Saints Winery ($40 Value)

Two Saints Winery

St. Charles

Taste housemade varietals and learn about glassware, food pairing, and tactics for storing wine before heading home with souvenir glasses

$40 $22

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Tour and Tasting for Two or Four at Summerset Winery (Up to 48% Off)

Summerset Winery

Indianola

Tour-goers can sip wine and eat cheese and crackers

$40 $22

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Wine Tasting for Two or Four with Take-Home Wineglasses and Bottle of Wine at Grape Escape Winery (Up to 56% Off)

Grape Escape Winery

Pleasantville

Guests savor sips of wine concocted from 100% Iowa grown grapes, then take home logo-emblazoned glasses and a bottle to share

$26 $12

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Wine Tasting Package for Two or Four at Annelise Winery (Up to 46% Off)

Annelise Winery

Indianola

Guests at a scenic family winery can sample premium selections before taking a bottle and souvenir glass home with them

$34 $20

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Wine-Tasting Package for Two or Four at La Vida Loca Winery (Up to 45% Off)

La Vida Loca Winery

Lincoln

Sample sweet, semisweet, or dry wine at family-owned winery, then take home a bottle and wineglasses

$32 $19

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Movie for Two or Four with Popcorn and Drinks at The Waverley Palace Theatre (50% Off)

The Waverly Palace Theatre

Waverly

Surround-sound system booms audio of first-run releases as viewers in plush seats snack on popcorn and soda

$27 $13.50

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Select Local Merchants

WestCyde Wings bastes their signature buffalo-style wings in a selection of 21 lip-smacking sauces. Canines first chew on decisions, opting for traditional bone-in or boneless bites, and mouths water mournfully when forced to choose between dipping cups of blue cheese or ranch dressing that accompany every wing platter and glass of water. Spice sensors with a need for heat can coat the crispy pinions in a spicier ensemble, selecting a sauce that is hot, x-hot, blazing hot, or inferno-ally hot, and milder temperaments with a taste for travel can sample sauces such as curry, Cajun, teriyaki, sweet & sour, or Caribbean jerk (one sauce/order; additional sauces $0.59). Eight beers—including brews from Boulevard, Fat Tire, Bud Light, and Miller Light—cascade from the tap at the bar, slaking thirst wrought from the saucy sustenance or while exchanging pleasantries about optometry with the larger-than-life referees projected on the 8-foot TV screen.

3706 Lincoln Way
Ames,
IA
US

Wallaby's sports-centric atmosphere lures revelers with big-game broadcasts, daily drink specials, and an upscale pub-grub menu, which has led to a 10-time ranking as the Best Sports Bar in Story County by the Ames Tribune. Under the luminous glow of 34 sports-beaming televisions, kick off a meal with a group of friends or pet footballs by savoring a single order of ISU State Flappers, classic wings served in a choice of sauces including sweet asian chile, buffalo garlic, and inferno ($5.99 for 6 or $10.99 for 12). Open-faced Wallaby burgers use mushroom-and-marsala-wine sauce to incite incisors ($8.49), and the Wally dip's sliced roast beef and cup of creamy au jus provide fuel for choreographed homerun celebrations ($8.79). To quell inland blues, treat taste buds to underwater treasures, such as the grilled Atlantic salmon or the Cajun ahi tuna ($9.99 for each).

3720 Lincoln Way
Ames,
IA
US

At Della Viti, the future is essentially unfolding right now. The self-serve wine bar dispenses its vintages via automated Napa Technology WineStations, which pour glasses in a choice of three sizes: a taste, a half-glass, and a full 5-ounce pour. The rotating wines, which range from mescato and merlots to less traditional blends, complement an array of small plate appetizers.

323 Main St
Ames,
IA
US

Cabaret Bar & Patio invites its clientele to shake off the stress of the workweek in a sophisticated nightclub environment, filled with perfectly balanced cocktails, tasty sliders and tapas, and live entertainment. Guests nibble on homemade roasted-garlic hummus, smoked-shrimp skewers, or sandwiches made with thin-sliced turkey or barbecue pulled-pork. Servers dole out elegant martinis made with flavored vodka and fruit liqueur, craft beers, or bottle service packages that include scotch, vodka, rum, and gin. Live acoustic and electric rock sets showcase the finest local and regional talent, while DJs fill dance floors with pulsing, bracing rhythms late into the night.

2785 N Ankeny Blvd
Ankeny,
IA
US

As reported by the DesMoinesRegister.com, Pickett's pub could be carved from the timber of an enormous tree, with stacked log walls, a fireplace, and a menagerie of mounted moose heads. Though moderately unobtrusive from the road, diners are greeted to pool tables, video games, darts, and a large horseshoe-shaped bar where mixologists sling beers as well as concoctions of mixers and fruity schnapps. Pickett's also grills up juicy full-pound burgers and daily specials such as jumbo shrimp and full-pound top sirloin steaks.

6014 NW 59th Ct
Johnston,
IA
US

Viva La Bamba's saves flailing tongue buds from edible ennui with its menu of authentic Mexican dishes, specials, and mixed drinks. A combination of tacos, enchiladas, burritos, and vegetarian eats make for steadfast meal mates ($6.25–$7.75), while inventive house specials tantalize palates, such as the Viva La Bamba, a fajita love fest that marries chorizo, shrimp, chicken, and rib-eye steak in delicious matrimony ($12.50). Those looking to sturdy their sea legs sans restrictive sailor suit can choose a pescatarian plate such as the camarones a la diabla, a serving of shrimp piqued with spicy red sauce ($9.50), or the sautéed salmón Viva La Bamba ($9.25).

4531 86th St
Urbandale,
IA
US